Tales from the Trail - The Fiddle Drill Tearoom

12th July 2016

Here is the latest Tale from the Trail from Trail Reporter Dave Greenwood.

Whether you already do your walking in East Yorkshire, or decide to explore this area, the chances are that sooner or later you will find yourself walking through the delightful village of Goodmanham nestled deep in the Yorkshire Wolds, and close to the small town of Market Weighton.

Goodmanham lies at the centre of some really great walking country. The Yorkshire Wolds Way between Hull and Filey literally loops the loop around and through the village, as does the Wilberforce Way on its way to York, and the Hudson Way en-route to Beverley. In between there are a myriad of footpaths and rights of way which give walkers of all abilities the opportunity to plan and enjoy some great days out.

Recently local couple, Jim and Lucie Stephenson, have opened The Fiddle Drill Tea Room to cater for walkers, cyclists and visitors to the area, as well as to local residents. The place is named after an old hand-operated seed sowing machine found in a dusty corner of the building whilst it was being cleared out prior to renovation work beginning. This interesting little machine is now proudly on display and is certainly a talking point.

 The Fiddle Drill is situated on Jim’s family farm, Manor Farm in Goodmanham. The Yorkshire Wolds Way passes right by the farm gate on the road through the village, and with Manor Farm mentioned on the Ordnance Survey map (OS Explorer 294 Ref: SE891432), walkers should have no difficulty finding the place!

It had long been Jim’s vision to bring the redundant old farm building next to the farmhouse back into use. Now together with his wife Lucie, who runs the business, they have created an exceptional space for customers to enjoy. The building has been beautifully restored. It retains its ‘agricultural’ character, whilst incorporating modern design and style. The result is a good-looking, relaxed and comfortable environment to meet, or to take a break. You can eat some really good locally sourced produce and home baking, or just get your breath back over a cuppa whilst you check the map!

I met up with Lucie Stephenson over a pot of tea recently for a chat. She told me that she was delighted to finally be able to welcome customers to The Fiddle Drill which will be open all year round, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10.00am and 4.00pm. She is hoping to extend the opening hours to other days soon.

Lucie is a local farmer’s daughter and believes that friendly service and good locally sourced food, served in a comfortable environment is what customers want. The Fiddle Drill certainly ticks all those boxes. It really is home baking. All the cakes are made in the kitchen just behind the counter. When I visited there was a mouth watering range of cakes waiting to tempt visitors. The lime and polenta cake is really good, and just so happens also to be gluten free.

Cakes and buns are just the start, there is a range of savoury offerings produced by a supplier just down the road. Lucie says keeping everything local means she can be sure that locally sourced quality food is always on the menu.

The space would be great for a function. Lucie is happy to talk to anyone who wants to hold an event at the Fiddle Drill. You can find The Fiddle Drill on Face book and Twitter.

As I left, Lucie was about to start serving a pea, mint and spring onion soup with homemade bread, ‘summer in a bowl’ was what she called it. Reluctantly I had to leave, I’d still got another ten miles to walk before my supper.

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